SoCal Passing Down: Marshaun Daniel

Tustin (Calif.) linebacker Marshaun Daniel has already taken a few unofficial visits and has had some coaches stop by practice...

Tustin (Calif.) linebacker Marshaun Daniel isn't wasting time checking out his college options, as he's already taken three unofficial visits.

"I've taken unofficials to Arizona State, UCLA, and San Diego State. They all went really well; I got to talk to coaches and to some of the players to see what the programs were about. It was really nice," he said.

The 6'0", 205 lb. prospect, who is working to put on another five to ten pounds before college, has also been visited by a few programs during spring football.

"We've had Coach (Bob) Connelly, the offensive line coach from ASU, come by, and USC came by, also. I'm supposed to have Houston come up this month to talk to me. I'm interested in Houston; they are a school I have been talking with. I know they are just a great school all around, and I'm looking forward to hearing more from them," he said.

Though he's patiently awaiting his first offer, Daniel has been receiving interest from some big programs.

"I'm also looking at California, UCLA, Nebraska, Colorado, and Washington. I want to go somewhere that has great academics, first of all, as well as a good football program and a nice environment," he said.

Aside from working on his recruitment, Daniel has been spending the off-season improving on his player skills in preparation for a successful senior season.

"My footwork and my IQ for the game are probably my two greatest strengths as a player. In the off-season, I've been working on improving my footwork even more, as well as working on my hips, and getting stronger and faster. I do a lot of ladder drills and cone drills," he said.

Daniel is also looking forward to showing off his versatility on the field.

"Spring practice is going pretty well; we run a lot, but it's getting us ready for the season. I also play fullback and I can cover, too, so I might play safety as well as outside linebacker," he said.

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